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True blue foodies should already know this. Tucked away in a lane of hidden gems at Waterloo Street is The Fine Palate Café where you can find homely, unpretentious food served in a friendly and cosy vibe. They believe in using only the finest and freshest imported and local produce for the palate.
Keeping to the same belief and spinning off from the café is the Fine Palate Catering which evolved over the last 20 years to become the leading gourmet catering company in Singapore. From networking cocktail parties to product launches or corporate company dinners and media luncheons, they cater and provide quality artisan products in every dish. They can provide furniture and equipment rental set up, décor, lighting, kitchen and service staff.
For smaller catering needs like board meeting, offsite presentations or even yacht events, Fine Palate has ready-to-eat luxe platter selections, canapés or gourmet bento that can be delivered right at the door step. Fine Palate has seen through launch parties like the one for H&M when it first opened in
Singapore. Prices range from S$50 per person for cocktails to S$120 per person for fine dining.
More than just a Nook
We have now realised what cooking does to team building and corporate bonding. Situated in Bukit Timah along Lorong Kilat, people come all the way to Nook House of Pancakes, the first DIY pancake art concept in Singapore and even in the neighbouring countries. Run by 23 year-old Dawn Lim and her partners, Nook House of Pancakes is an all-day breakfast restaurant with their tables customised to fit a hot griddle in the middle. Like the improvised cheeseburger soup, most of the items on the menu are unique and creative. The DIY pancakes are available in a squeeze bottle of different flavours of your choice. The 1400 square feet space seats 70 and stands up to 90. The space can be booked for functions and events because of the wide berth of space. Bookings must be made at least two weeks in advance.
Tapas-styled dishes seems to be the in thing these days especially when it comes to hassle-free events. Taking its name from the French term ‘amuse bouche’ which literally translates to ‘mouth amuser’, Amuse is a casual eatery and bar that serves an array of international small bites and drinks in a stylish and relaxing ambience.
The amazing selection of quality fare is created by renowned consultant chef Armin Leitgeb who draws inspiration from his 20 years of travel and work experiences around the world, with insights into the Asian palate gleaning from his six-year stint in Singapore. Guests are entertained as chefs and bartenders fuss over the ingredients and drinks behind the sleek open concept kitchen and bar with state-of-the-art equipment from Gaggenau.
The bar at Amuse is fronted by Austrian whiz kid, Klaus Leopold, whose creative spirit is evident in his imaginative cocktails. Managing director Wolfgang Lapper amassed one of the largest collections in Asia of more than 300 Austrian labels. Amuse accommodates a seating capacity of 40 indoors, 40 on the veranda and 20 outdoors. For small groups, the Chef’s Table seats six persons and offers a view of the kitchen where a bespoke menu is available. Amuse is also a flexible space suitable for a variety of events such as wine and culinary master classes and demonstrations, as well as team building lunches. For standing events, Amuse can accommodate 80 to 100 indoors and up to 60 in the al fresco area.